Steve Kerr explains Warriors’ losing record to Celtics during coaching tenure

Since Steve Kerr was hired as the Warriors’ head coach eight years ago, his club has set a winning record against every NBA team but one – the Boston Celtics.

As teams from different conferences, Golden State and Boston meet twice per season, one in each home arena. Kerr’s Warriors won both matchups in his first year at the helm in 2014-15, but since then Boston has won nine of their last 14 meetings, making Kerr’s career record against the Celtics a meager 7-9.

On Tuesday, 95.7 The Game’s Kerr Damon Bruce and Ray Ratto explained why the Warriors have a losing record against the Celtics ahead of the 2022 NBA Finals under his supervision.

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“Well, they were really good,” Kerr said. “Look at the Celtics, I know there’s a lot of emphasis on not being in the Finals. But they’ve made four conference finals in the past six years. Since I’ve been here, they’ve been very good.”

Since 2014–15, the Celtics have finished all but one season with a record .500 or better. It’s no coincidence that Brad Stevens took over Boston’s bench the year before, only to step into a front-office role and cede head coaching duties to Ime Udoka ahead of the 2021-22 season.

“They’ve always been coached very well, first under Brad and now under Ime,” Kerr said. “They’ve always been very good defensively. So they had great teams. And we had great matchups with them. We had really interesting games.”

The Warriors split the two matchups with the Celtics that season, winning 111-107 on the road on December 17 and losing 110-88 on March 16 at the Chase Center.

Kerr can turn his record against the Celtics into the winning side with four wins in the NBA Finals beginning Thursday in San Francisco with Game 1.

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